FILM REVIEW: Thor
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Some phrases just don’t go together: ham and pineapple, Conservative-Lib Dem government, Kenneth Branagh and comic books. Yet here it is, Branagh’s interpretation of Thor, the story of the mythical warrior who is cast out of his interstellar realm to Earth. It’s clear why Shakespeare enthusiast Branagh would be attracted to the project (apart from his apparent love of the source material). Its tale of two brothers fighting for their father’s attention and the throne, with one tricking the other into being banished is straight out of King Lear. And Branagh supposedly envisaged this as a mash up of Norse mythology, comic-book thrills and Henry V. Perhaps, then, I should say at this point that Thor is no Shakespeare. The action begins in New Mexico with a group of astrophysicists, led by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), tracking an atmospheric disturbance. To their surprise, a swirling vortex plummets from the sky and the trio drive into something, or someone. The victim is Thor (Chris Hemsworth), an unspeakably hench, goldilocked human cinderblock who lies dazed and confused. “Where has he come from?” Jane asks.
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